Dikakapa-Everyday heroes is a non-profit social responsive organisation that helps motivate high school learners from disadvantaged communities to use education as the key to unlock their futures and make a positive contribution to society. We have developed a model that consists of a series of motivational workshops and also tutorial sessions for Mathematics, Physical Science and Accounting. The crucial part of these interventions is to provide the learners the opportunity to express themselves and learn from their peers.
We have published a book of short stories entitled ‘Dikakapa-EverydayHeroes:African Journeys to Success’ written by young people from all walks of life who have achieved considerable success in their chosen career. We hope the book will serve as an instrumental resource to the learners and provide them with accessible role models that will inspire them to overcome their prevailing challenges. The books are going to be distributed free of charge during the workshop and also by partnering with other non-profit organizations that do similar work or have similar objectives to ours. We also plan to distribute the books to community libraries where learners can easily access them. Over the past year we have introduced a half-day workshop that is conducted on Saturday mornings that is divided in two sessions. In the first session, we focus on inspiring and motivating the learners by sharing our life stories and those of authors from our published book. Social issues impacting on learner behaviour and performance get addressed during the second sessions.
We need to print 3000 more books to distribute among several other schools in rural western cape when we tutor and facilitate motivational. Thus far, we have hosted motivational workshops with Grade 12 learners from Thandokhulu High School in Mowbray and Fezeka High School in Gugulethu. We also partnered with the University of Cape Town Schools(UCT) Development Unit, where we conducted highly successful workshops with Grade 11 and 12 learners from Khayelitsha that are part of the Vice-Chancellor’s 100-UP programme. We also partnered with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) to distribute more books nationally. In the month of September 2019 the NLSA will distribute our books to learners and prisoners during the National Book Celebrations at the Steve Biko Centre in King Williams Town.They also distributed another batch in KwaZuluNatal at the Luthuli Museum on Groutville when they were celebrating International Literacy Day.